Fish & Game Club

Welcome New Members

The HVL Fish & Game Club extends an invitation to HVL residents to join in the fun and social activities the club offers. Although fishing is a big part of our activities, you don’t have to fish to enjoy being a member. Many members are hunting enthusiasts, others like boating, golf, and other outdoor activities. All of us care deeply about the lakes and natural environment, both here in HVL and elsewhere.

Many of our meetings feature guest speakers on a variety of outdoor topics. The club takes a special interest in getting youth involved in the outdoors.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. From November through March we meet in the POA Community Room. April through October meetings are at the upper beach shelter. In addition to club business and social interaction, meetings include food, snacks and beverages – all for $30 a year.

We hope to see many new faces!

Scroll down for Tournament Schedules and results. View the HVL Events Calendar.

Officers

President: Dave Ryberg, 513-478-7251
Vice President: Tom Saltsman, 513-560-0315
Treasurer: Tom Derrick, 937-478-3576
Secretary: Mike Seipel, 513-637-1123

Meetings

First Tuesday of each month – 7:30 p.m.
April through October at Upper Beach Shelter
November through March in HVL Community Room
Dues – $30/ year

Activities

Lake Enhancement Projects
Environmental improvements, such as Clean Up America Project
Support for HVL residents
Guest Speakers
Kids Fishing Derby
Outdoor Education
Fishing Tournaments (schedule below)
Seniors Weekday Tournaments (schedule below)
Sponsor of a Junior BASS Tournament
Golf Outing
Christmas Party
Assist Lakes Committee on Lake Management


2017 Dates

May 13Cincinnati Youth Bass Tournament | HVL Lake Melody | 7 a.m. start; 6 a.m. boat captains arrive; 1 p.m. weigh-in| cookout at Pool Shelter afterwards 
July 15Nick Wullenweber Kids Fishing Derby | HVL Lake Melody
September 16Fish & Game Golf Scramble | Sugar Ridge Golf Course
May 16, June 20, August 8Lake Treatments
December 9Christmas Party


Tournament Results

Seniors Find More Success on Home Waters

After striking out at the Batesville tournament, HVL’s F&G senior fishermen found plenty of eager bass in Hidden Valley Lake at the April 29th event. Dave Ryberg and Tom Derrick caught a limit weighing 8.98 lbs. for first place, and had the big bass at 3.2 lbs.  Close behind was Ken Horn, also with a 4-fish limit weighing 8.75 lbs. He nearly had the big bass too with a hefty 3.0 largemouth.

The five teams of seniors who fished that day had plenty to talk about while enjoying snacks and beverages afterward. A welcome improvement from the Batesville fiasco.

Gary Bright and Dave Miller win Spring Classic Tournament
Gary Bright and Dave Miller win Spring Classic Tournament

Spring Classic Results

The annual F&G two-day Spring Classic Tournament held on April 22-23 was very tight on Saturday, but decided in a big way on Sunday. The winning team of Gary Bright and Dave Miller weighed in a 5-lb. and a 4-lb. bass on Sunday, taking the top spot with a 2-day total of 8 bass weighing a little over 20 lbs.

Dave Ryberg and Tom Derrick caught a 4 pounder on Sunday, but settled for second place with 8 fish for a two day total of 17.4 lbs. Having led on Saturday, the team of Jerry and Chris Ludwig finished third.


Fishing Tips

Zebra Mussel Prevention Tips

Spring is a good time to think about keeping HVL free of invasive species.

Inspect – Thoroughly inspect your boat’s hull, drive unit, trim plates, trolling plates, prop guards, transducers, centerboards, rollers, axles, anchor, anchor rope and trailer. Scrape off and trash any suspected mussels, however small. Remove all water weeds hanging from the boat or trailer before leaving any water body. Aquatic vegetation can carry mussels.

Drain – Drain water from the motor, livewell, bilge and transom wells and any other water from your boat and equipment while on land before leaving any water body.

Dump – Trash leftover bait on land, away from water, before leaving any water body. Leftover live aquatic bait that has contacted infested waters should not be taken to uninfested waters.

Rinse – When you get home – before launching your boat into uninfested waters – thoroughly rinse and dry the hull, drive unit, livewells (and livewell pumping system), bilge, trailer, bait buckets, engine cooling system and other boat parts that got wet while in infested waters; use a hard spray from a garden hose.

Dry – Boats, motors and trailers should be allowed to dry thoroughly in the sun for at least five days before boating again.


Bait Tips

Redworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers, crickets, and minnows are all excellent baits for fishing in HVL. Panfish bass and catfish love them.

We are fortunate to have Wormies Bait Shop just down the road. Many of these baits can even be found in your yard. Remember, don’t put your unused minnows in any of the lakes as you might be putting in an unwanted species.


Tournament Directors

2017 HVL FISH AND GAME CLUB TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

DATE TIME BASS MIN. LENGTH NOTES
Saturday, March 18, 2017 10 – 4 15 March 25 rain date
Saturday, April 08, 2017 8 – 2 15
Saturday, April 22, 2017 7 – 1 15
Sunday, April 23, 2017 7 – 1 15 Picnic
Sunday, May 07, 2017 6 – NOON 15
Saturday, May 20, 2017 6 – NOON 15
Saturday, June 10, 2017 6 – NOON 15
Saturday, June 24, 2017 6 – NOON 15
Friday, July 07, 2017 7 P.M. – 1 A.M. 14
Sunday, July 23, 2017 6 – NOON 14 **Added for 2017
Friday, August 04, 2017 7 P.M. – 1 A.M. 14
Saturday, August 19, 2017 6 – NOON 14
Saturday, September 09, 2017 7 – 1 14
Saturday, September 23, 2017 7 – 1 14
Sunday, October 08, 2017 8 – 2 14
Saturday, October 21, 2017 8 – 2 14
Sunday, October 22, 2017 8 – 2 14 Picnic

Senior Tournament Directors

Must be 50 or over – *Entry Fee $10 (includes refreshments)

  • All HVL and F&G rules apply. HVL-4 bass limit
  • March – June 15” length* / July-Nov. 14” length
  • Brookville – 5 bass/14” length * Ohio River- 5 bass/12” length

Coast Guard approved life vests must be worn when main engine is on.

2017 HVL FISH AND GAME CLUB SENIOR TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

DATE TIME LOCATION
Thursday, March 30, 2017 10 – 4 HVL
Thursday, April 13, 2017 8 – 2 Batesville (Bischoff Res.)
Friday, April 28, 2017 8 – 2 HVL
Thursday, May 11, 2017 8 – 2 Brookville (Bonwell Ramp)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017  6 – 10 p.m. HVL
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8 – 2 HVL*Parent-Child/Grandparent-Grandchild
Monday, June 19, 2017 7 – 1 HVL
Monday, July 10, 2017 7 – 1 HVL
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7 – 11 p.m. HVL
Friday, August 11, 2017 7 – 1 HVL
Wednesday, August 30, 2017  6 – 10 p.m. HVL
Thursday, September 14, 2017 7 – 1 HVL
Friday, September 29, 2017 8 – 2 HVL *PANFISH
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8 – 2 Brookville (Bonwell Ramp)
Thursday, October 26, 2017 8 – 2 Ohio River (Tanners Creek)
Monday, November 06, 2017 8 – 2 HVL* Food afterward

Tournament Results

Greg Buckingham with 5.28 pound bass caught at Hidden Valley Lake.
Greg Buckingham with 5.28 pound bass.

March 18, 2017 :

  • 1st – G. Buckingham/S. McDonald – 12.12 lbs
  • 2nd – J. Ludwig/C. Ludwig – 9.59 lbs
  • 3rd – R. Flowers/R. Batchelor – 8.38 lbs
  • 4th – B. Sess/R. Croley – 5.62 lbs
  • 5th – A. Burns/Z. Burns – 5.11 lbs
  • Big Bass – G. Buckingham/S. McDonald – 5.28 lbs

Total anglers – 20
Total keeper Bass weighed-in – 19

First Place Winners of Hidden Valley Lake Fish & Game Tournament.
Fishing Tournament Winners Scott McDonald (l) and Greg Buckingham (r)